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OSV has launched a new metering and mixing solution for processing multi-component quasi MDI polyurethane systems for lab and R&D applications, the OSV SmartLab.

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Evonik announced that it is fully on track to expand its production capacities for its Ultrasil tyre silica. The new plant in Americana, Brazil, commissioned in July 2016, has already reached full capacity due to high regional demand. Commercial production is also underway in the plant in Charleston, USA, which was opened in October 2018. The expansion of the production plant in Adapazari, Turkey, will primarily serve customers in southeastern Europe and the Middle East. Designed to increase capacity by 40,000 t, the construction project is on schedule and expected to be completed in late 2019.

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The supplier of vibration control technology Boge Rubber & Plastics has announced that production would start at its plant in Wuxi, China, this year. The Boge Group generates around 20 % of global sales in China and plans to increase sales in China by a further EUR 100 million with the new plant in Wuxi.

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Harburg-Freudenberger Maschinenbau GmbH, Hamburg, and Troester GmbH & Co. KG, based in Hanover, announce that the HF Group's Extrusion Technology Business Unit was transferred to Troester on May 1st, 2019. Following decades of designing and manufacturing extrusion equipment and related components, the HF Group has decided to transfer its Extrusion Technology Division to Troester, the renowned global leader in the Extrusion industry. Troester GmbH & Co. KG will maintain the Extrusion Business Units location in Hamburg and has taken over all Extrusion employees thus guaranteeing the continuity and product excellence which was one of the key factors of the sale.

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Paul Cookson, Global Innovation Leader for SleepStudio at Dow, and Per Henning Vaagen, CEO at Laader Berg (Source: Dow)

Dow Polyurethanes has invested in research and development labs in Horgen. The company has created a ComfortScience Centre of Excellence for bedding solutions which will support and enhance Dow’s SleepStudio, also located in Horgen, where bedding value chain partners meet to collaborate on how science can create sleep materials that deliver the most comfortable experience possible.

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Parker Hannifin Corporation, a specialist in motion and control technologies, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Lord Corporation for approximately USD 3.675 billion in cash. The transaction is expected to be completed within the next four to six months. Upon closing of the transaction, Lord will be combined with Parker’s Engineered Materials Group.

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Specialty Products (SPI), a Washington-based manufacturer of spray-applied polyurea elastomers, polyurethane foams and custom plural component equipment, has joined the VersaFlex family of companies.

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Established in 1969, Gilt Edge Industries Ltd specialises in supplying flooring preparations and installation accessory products to the New Zealand Flooring and Construction sectors.

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Woodbridge is once again listed as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. This is the third consecutive year the company has been recognized for overall business performance and sustained growth.

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Continental is building a plant to manufacture automotive surface materials in Pune, India. According to the company, a 12,000 m2 manufacturing facility with an initial annual capacity of 5 million m2 is to be built on the four-hectare plot at a cost of about EUR 22 million. The factory is scheduled to begin production in 2020 with a workforce of up to 110 employees initially. Continental will supply surface materials to the local Indian market from Pune.

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